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Dog Sentenced To Die In Owner's Will May Have Second Chance 19.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Connie Ley, an Indiana woman who died in November, put in her will two provisions for her dog, Bela : The healthy German shepherd could either be euthanized, cremated and buried along with her -- or else sent to a no-kill animal sanctuary. As of Friday, it was still unclear which fate Bela will meet. Eric C. Rayvid, a spokesperson for the Best Friends Animal Society , told The Huffington Post that the group is still working on convincing the will's executor, who has remained anonymous, to allow Bela to be brought to the group's facilities in southern Utah. There the 9-year-old dog would join some 1,700 other cats, dogs, horses, pigs, birds and other animals. Many of the shelter's inhabitants are available for adoption, while others will live out their natural lives amid the state's red-rock mountains. "We're hoping that Bela will be able to come to our sanctuary," Rayvid said. Best Friends also released a statement on Facebook, asking supporters to use the hashtag #SaveBela on social media: Post by Best ...
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Seeds of Truth: Vandana Shiva and The New Yorker 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout can only survive through reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! (A response to the article " Seeds of Doubt" by Michael Specter in The New Yorker) I am glad that the future of food is being discussed, and thought about, on farms, in homes, on TV, online and in magazines, especially of The New Yorker’s caliber. The New Yorker has held its content and readership in high regard for so long. The challenge of feeding a growing population with the added obstacle of climate change is an important issue. Specter’s piece, however, is poor journalism. I wonder why a journalist who has been Bureau Chief in Moscow for The New York Times and Bureau Chief in New York for the Washington Post, and clearly is an experienced reporter, would submit such a misleading piece. Or why The New Yorker would allow it to be published as honest reporting, with so many fraudulent assertions and deliberate attempts to skew reality. ‘Seeds ...
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A Model for Sustainable Forest Management in the UK 9.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Hayley Baines Buffery, Head of Sustainable Business at Bioregional Despite starting out my career in conservation, counting and measuring trees in the Miombo woodlands of Tanzania, I quickly ditched my Tilley hat and dreams of being the next Dian Fossey for a career in corporate sustainability. While I greatly admire the work of conservationists, I was drawn to Bioregional's efforts to bring sustainability into mainstream business. In 2013, however, my two passions -- business and the natural environment -- finally came together in the form of a new project: Good Woods. The Good Woods project focuses on sustainably managed woodlands in the UK for the benefit of people and natural habitats. The need for the project stems from the fact that timber is a valuable commodity that is constantly in demand. For example, the trade in wood-based panels has skyrocketed 800-percent in the past three decades . While the demand for timber continues to rise, this is not being matched by sufficient supply. One source ...
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The Fake Stuff Makes Us Want the Real Stuff 4.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I was 10 years old, enjoying a scoop of ice cream, when my dad, a marketing director, pointed at a poster on the wall, and said: "did you know that the ice cream in that picture is really mashed potatoes?" I sat there, spoon in my mouth, noticing that the image of the fake stuff looked better than the cup of ice cream in my hand. Things aren't always what they seem, and what you see isn't always what you get. Some bakeries release a fresh baked cookie scent to attract customers, and the cakes on display are decorated Styrofoam. Perhaps it is the imitation of something that leads to the desire for the real thing. When people see a fur coat, it is unclear if it was made of processed and dyed polymeric fibers, or 20 dogs. Trends go viral because people copy what they see, and fashion relies on trends. In his NY Times article published in September 2007, Eric Wilson explained how "clothing manufacturers believe that copying is the business model of the industry, where what becomes fashionable relies on the ...
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Bhopal: A Metaphor 3.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Environmental Leader Martin Litton Dies at 97 2.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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These Celebrity Vegetarians Won't Be Eating Turkey This Thanksgiving 27.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pass the tofurkey, y'all, because these celebrity vegetarians won't be eating any bird for Thanksgiving. Ariana Grande, Jared Leto and Ellen DeGeneres are just a handful of the stars who reach for plant-based foods and maintain vegan or vegetarian diets. As Ellen told People in November 2013, being vegan doesn't make her Thanksgiving any more difficult to manage.

"It makes it easier on the turkeys, too. They get to live," she said.

Pass the cranberry sauce to these celebrity vegetarians:

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Turkey Pardoned From Death By Obama Last Year Is Still Gobbling Up The Good Life 24.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Caramel the turkey, one of two big gobblers pardoned by President Barack Obama last Thanksgiving, has a lot to be thankful for this year. For one thing, and it's a big one, he is still alive. (Story continues below.) Caramel the turkey at Morven Park, in Leesburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Arin Greenwood) If you are sensitive toward birds, you're generally best off not looking too closely into the usual post-pardon life of a turkey, which has traditionally been very brief . Indeed, Caramel's fellow pardonee, Popcorn, died over the summer. "Something heat-related," says Teresa Davenport, spokesperson for Morven Park, the Virginia estate to which the pair was dispatched after their ceremonial duties were completed. "One day we found him collapsed." Caramel himself has a growth on his left foot, but -- thankful again -- the veterinarian says it's benign. And he's recently gone on some joint medication, since being bred for size rather than longevity can be hard on his ankles, Davenport explains. She says ...
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This Thanksgiving, Don't Be Bamboozled by Butterball's 'Humane' Turkeys 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this month, PETA filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking that it compel Butterball to stop misleading consumers about its procedures for raising and killing turkeys. Butterball participates in the American Humane Association's American Humane Certified (AHC) program and can slap "humane certified" labels on its products, even though its turkeys suffered immensely before arriving on supermarket shelves. AHC standards allow producers to crowd turkeys into dark sheds that reek of ammonia; amputate their toes and cut off their beaks, which causes acute and chronic pain; hang them upside down by their legs; and then electrocute them. In other words -- it's the same old same old. Although the meat industry would like us to believe that we can have our turkey breasts and bacon everything with a clear conscience, that's a bigger load of manure than even a factory farm generates. It's a gimmick. The only 100 percent "humane" meat is no meat at all. It may make people feel better ...
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PETA Really Needs to Respond to the Charges That Its Workers Stole and Killed a Family's Dog, Then Sent a Fruit Basket 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
These allegations are so grotesque, they'd make the perfect smear campaign. As you may have heard , Wilbur Cerate, a Virginia man, claims that last month, two People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staffers turned up at his home when he wasn't there, loaded his daughter's Chihuahua, Maya, into a van, and then euthanized her. Three days later -- this is the real kicker -- the PETA workers are said to have then brought the grieving family a fruit basket. Parts of this were caught on surveillance video. Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin told WAVY -- the first local news outlet to pursue this bizarre, sad story -- he charged the dog-nappers with larceny, only to see the charges dropped by the Commonwealth Attorney because, as the paper put it, "there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute." On Wednesday, DELMARVA Now got the names of those who were charged : Victoria Jean Carey, who appears to do HR for the group , and Jennifer Lisa Woods, another longtime PETA staffer who seems to have been quoted in a ...
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Is There Any Hope for Two Retired Circus Elephants, Rosie and Opal? 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What is going to happen to Rosie and Opal? This is a nagging question for those who are following the tale of these two female elephants. Since 2012, Rosie and Opal -- a pair of middle-aged, retired circus elephants -- had been living at Hope Elephants , a facility in Hope, Maine. Jim Laurita, veterinarian and former circus elephant trainer, was the non-profit's founder and he lived by Hope's mission "to provide a unique and caring home for injured and aging elephants." Photo credit: Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal But Rosie and Opal's storyline took an unexpected turn in the early morning of September 9, when Jim Laurita was found dead in Hope's elephant paddock. Although there were no witnesses, officials believe Laurita fell and hit his head on the paddock's cement floor -- and one of the elephants, in an effort to save him, inadvertently crushed him to death. "The elephant was not aggressive in any way. It was clearly an accident," said Mark Belserene, administrator for the state medical examiner's ...
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Sense of (dis)Place 20.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Jon Christensen threw the bomb and plenty of people registered the blast. "Muir's a dead end," he told L.A. Times reporter Louis Sahagun last week. "It's time to bury his legacy and move on." More than 170 comments on the piece include "I hope these two guys aren't actually teaching our children," referring also to Glen MacDonald, John Muir chair in geography at UCLA. I got to take part in MacDonald's November 13 symposium considering the legacy of John Muir as we come up on the centennial of his death in 1914. To my delight, MacDonald pointed out that among other things, Muir was a citizen scientist. Muir didn't have a college degree but "He was right about glaciation and the origin of some Yosemite mountains," despite the countervailing theory put forth by Josiah Whitney, then head of the California Geological Survey, that an earthquake had done the job. Christensen edits BOOM!: A Journal of California, and many of my fellow speakers contributed to its current issue, "Thinking with Nature." I ...
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Coalition Presents Constitutional Challenge To Law That Silences Industry Whistle-Blowers 19.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Bull Set To Be Slaughtered Because He's 'Gay' Gets Saved 18.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Activists are trying to save a "gay" bull reportedly slated for slaughter because the animal won't breed. Benjy, a healthy pedigree Charolais bull, was purchased by an unnamed farmer living in County Mayo, Ireland, last year, the Irish Daily Mail reported. Instead of breeding with heifers on the farm, however, Benjy "appeared interested in chasing around the other bulls," Irish Central wrote. The farmer sought advice about the animal's sexuality and was told it's possible the bull could be gay . Experts say bulls' libidos can differ. “I can’t give you any data, but bulls do differ in their libido," Dr. Michael Baker, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, told The Huffington Post. "Whether they prefer males over females, I think would be quite rare, some are just more aggressive breeders. Bulls are generally raised for one purpose -- to breed cows. If they do not do that, then they go for meat production.” Activists are now trying to save the ...
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This Rescued Bunny's Incredible Recovery Is Testament To Hard Work Of Pet Shelters Everywhere 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Had it taken even one more day for little Ping to be discovered, it certainly would have been too late. Instead, the tiny rabbit, found among tall grass in Chicago’s Ping Tom Park, will be ready for adoption in a matter of weeks, thanks to the animal shelter that rescued him and the donors who chipped in more than $1,000 to cover the cost of his treatment. The rabbit was just 3 or 4 weeks old when a group of volunteers and employees from the Red Door Animal Shelter found him in the park, located in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, after receiving a tip. He was in terrible shape. The rabbit, who has since been named Ping Tom, was severely dehydrated, overheated and covered in a sticky, dried-up “fly slime,” as well as more than 200 ticks and “a fountain of fleas.” Ten bot fly larvae had burrowed under his skin, and he required surgery at Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital . (Story continues below.) Ping was found in very rough shape, and immediately ready for a snack. On a scale of 1 to 10, in terms of ...
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PETA Reportedly Steals and Kills a Family Dog 15.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PETA reportedly stole a family's pet chihuahua from their porch, and killed it. You heard that right. Yes, we're talking about that PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The theft was caught on video, and has been reported by WAVY.com, local media in Accomack County, Virginia.     County Sheriff Todd Godwin insists that he charged the two PETA workers with larceny. The prosecutor has apparently refused to pursue the case, however, citing insufficient evidence of "criminal intent." Let's try to comprehend this: we have a home surveillance video clearly demonstrating that a van marked "PETA" pulled up to the house of Wilbur Cerate, and that someone took the family's chihuahua, Maya. PETA has reportedly admitted that Maya was killed: they arrived later with a basket of fruit as compensation, says Maya's owner. (For some bizarre reason, PETA thinks that a nice basket of food makes killing pets okay. ) Hence, we have what we are told is pretty strong evidence that a crime was committed. An ...
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15 Baby Chickens Now Safe And Warm After Being Used As Props In Awful Prank 11.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A letter carrier turned up earlier this month with 15 baby chickens and a strange, disturbing story. The chickens, the postal worker said, had been sent to a woman on his delivery route in the nation's capital. Accompanying the tiny birds was a note, from the recipient's ex, making a crude comparison between the animals and the woman. Insulted, and perhaps feeling heartlessly flummoxed upon receiving 15 unexpected baby chickens in the mail, the woman said she was going to throw the animals in the garbage. That's when the letter carrier took back the birds and delivered them to the D.C. offices of the Humane Society, which then brought them to the Washington Humane Society , which in turn contacted the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in nearby Poolesville, Maryland. "I was very surprised by this story, I thought I had heard everything, but this was a new one," says Terry Cummings, one of Poplar Spring's co-founders. "Definitely had never heard of baby chicks being used as a spiteful statement after a ...
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How The Murder Of My Brother Forced Me To Finally Stand My Ground Against Gun Violence in America 10.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I once quit a summer job so I could make it to a PETA rally. At the time I was less concerned about the treatment of animals than I was about how my high school girlfriend, a vegetarian, would treat me. I found her far more alluring than social activism. Back then, I was also a member of a group called SANE -- I believe it stood for Students Against Nuclear Energy. I attended a couple of meetings in dimly lit auditoriums and basements before bailing. I'd joined not because I cared much about nuclear energy -- hell, I barely knew anything about it -- but because all the cool punk and New Wave kids were in SANE, so I had to be, too. As I grew up, I began to care more about the world around me. During many moments in my life I've had strong feelings, but an even stronger aversion to going public with them. Why take such a risk, my thinking went, when it likely leads to little or no real change in the world? That all changed on June 17, 1992. That early morning my brother, Asher, was murdered during a ...
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Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video 10.11.2014 Current Issue
Let people take all the images they want in wilderness areas.
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Sea Lion Attacks Diver Off Santa Barbara Coast (VIDEO) 8.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sea lions may be adorable -- they surf , they snuggle , they even boogie -- but they can also be terrifying. One freediver had a close call with an aggressive sea lion while spearfishing off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Chris Okamoto was using his GoPro to film the open ocean when a colony of sea lions swam around him , according to the Daily Mail. " At first, it looked like they were just curious ," Okamoto told the Daily Mail. He said he had been in similar situations before, "but this one came much closer and as soon as it rushed toward me, I swung the butt of my gun up and it stopped ...
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